- not possessing, untouched by, void, or destitute (usually followed by of).
- to deplete or strip of some quality or substance: imprisonment that devoids a person of humanity.
Origin of devoid
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Examples from the Web for devoid
This is comedy based on a cold humor, detached, euphemistic, devoid of any generosity.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Yes, it was a fairly disappointing year in music—one devoid of Goth teen prodigies, Yeezy, and galvanizing rock anthems.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
December 31, 2014
It is refreshingly—to this reader, at least—devoid of phrases like “a new study shows” or “data now support.”America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
Many US embassies are built like prisons, devoid of character.
If this is institutional racism, then the term is devoid of meaning.Standardized Tests Aren’t Racist: How Brown Kids Can Ace the Test to Get Into New York’s Stuyvesant
June 27, 2014
They are thieves—they will steal from you before your very face, so devoid are they of all shame.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
No good could come of an alliance with a man so devoid of all feelings of honour or of gratitude.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
When sober, he was accessible, conversable, and devoid of pride.Beaux and Belles of England
Or is the life of mind sufficient, if devoid of any particle of pleasure?Philebus
Philosophy had become extravagant, eclectic, abstract, devoid of any real content.Phaedrus
- (postpositive foll by of) destitute or void (of); free (from)
Word Origin and History for devoid
c.1400, shortening of devoided, past participle of obsolete verb devoiden "to remove, void, vacate" (c.1300), from Old French desvuidier (12c., Modern French dévider) "to empty out, flush game from, unwind, let loose (an arrow)," from des- "out, away" + voider "to empty," from voide "empty" (see void (adj.)).